Promote Social Progress


Strong communities are an essential part of the social fabric. PADF helps build resilient communities from where prosperity can grow.

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Strong communities are an essential part of the social fabric-and socail progress. They provide a platform on which human development can grow.

Providing the tools, technologies and methods that enable communities to become strong and dynamic creates a platform on which human development and social progress can happen.

PADF develops programs that integrate public and private sector partners to address education, health, infrastructure, community development and other priority needs in impoverished areas.

  • Implementing Community-Driven Development
  • Improving Infrastructure and  Housing
  • Expanding Access to Technical Training and Health Services through In-Kind Donations
  • Combating Trafficking in Persons, Community-based Violence and Gang Activities
  • Aiding Youth At-risk of being recruited into Gangs and Criminal Activities
  • Building Social Capital, Resilient Communities, and Neighborhoods
  • Mobilizing Diaspora Remittances for Development

Implementing Community-Driven Development

The Community-driven development (CDD) strategy transforms the traditional development model by transferring control over resources and decision-making from development organizations to communities. This allows communities to identify their needs and the development options that work best for them. Then they take the lead in carrying out projects that aim to improve their lives. This approach promotes self-reliance, emphasizes transparency and accountability, empowers citizens and creates more responsive local governments. 

Improving Infrastructure and Housing

Good infrastructure plays an important role in the development of communities, as it contributes to improved agriculture, education, transportation, health, communications and disaster mitigation. This is particularly true in disaster-prone areas and rural communities where infrastructure may have been damaged, is often limited, or remains in disrepair.

With the support of trusted partners, PADF has worked throughout the region to build, improve and rehabilitate schools, homes, public squares, health and training centers, shelters, roads, bridges, water sources, irrigation systems and many others. This has proved critical in ensuring that communities continue to grow.

Expanding Access to Technical Training and Health Services through In-Kind Donations

Thanks to partnerships with U.S. medical institutions, public agencies, manufacturers, and universities, PADF’s In-Kind Donations Program sent 26 shipments of medical and hospital equipment, tools and computers worth $6.1 million to institutions in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Haiti and Uruguay. This assistance is contributing to the development of vocational training programs that are designed to help low-income students increase their incomes and become self-sufficient. By using donated tools and equipment to complement technical training, PADF enables beneficiaries of all ages to gain marketable skills, raising the pool of qualified job applicants and improving the training institutions’ capacity to teach.

Combating Trafficking in Persons, Community-based Violence and Gang Activities

PADF works to strengthen networks among civil society groups to build their capacity to combat violence on the community level, including domestic servitude of children, violence and torture, rape and abuse of women, gender-based violence and labor exploitation of youth. This support enables civil society organizations that lead national networks to train smaller organizations, improve violence data collection systems, and systematize and disseminate this information at the community level and for public policy design. It also helps to link organizations with government entities that are responsible for assuring adherence to laws so that citizens have the confidence in the judicial system to report crimes and seek assistance.

Aiding Youth At-risk of being recruited into Gangs and Criminal Activities

In areas where children and youth are at risk of being recruited by armed groups and gangs, PADF develops programs that ensure that youth are protected and have better access to education, skills training, and job opportunities. Our programs focus on nurturing an environment that reduces children’s and youth’s vulnerability to illegal activities, using recreation, sports, art, culture, educational strengthening, and leisure activities to foster personal growth.

Building Social Capital, Resilient Communities, and Neighborhoods

PADF knows that building strong communities requires engaging people of diverse backgrounds in a community and empowering them to face a wide range of development challenges. This is why PADF develops programs that include capacity-building classes, training and awareness-raising of key issues that are relevant to communities.  These include violence, child and youth exploitation, human trafficking, human rights, discrimination, labor rights, disaster mitigation and preparedness and many others. 

Mobilizing Diaspora Remittances for Development

Diaspora remittances continue to be a strong source of income for millions of people in the Americas.  For a decade, PADF has worked with diaspora groups to channel funding for transnational development projects in their communities of origin. Through this approach, U.S.-based immigrant groups direct community remittances to projects that generate jobs and raise family incomes back home. In turn, PADF provides training and capacity-building programs for the partner immigrant groups on prioritizing development needs, raising funds and implementing and evaluating projects they support.